Growing fires in US West put damper on holiday festivities

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National News

July 4, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Hot Shot crews from Mendocino, Calif., use backfires to help contain the County fire Yolo County, Calif., on Tuesday.

DENVER (AP) — Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry region.

The National Inter-agency Fire Center on Wednesday reported more than 60 large, active blazes across the country, most in the drought-stricken West where holiday festivities could lead to increased fire danger.

The third-largest fire in recorded Colorado history kept expanding, chewing through 147 square miles near Fort Garland, about 205 miles southwest of Denver.

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